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After recently acquiring three skilled nursing facilities in Kansas (two of which were turnarounds), Birchwood Health Care Properties acquired another skilled nursing facility in need of some care, this time in Huntington, West Virginia. The facility, which includes 41 skilled beds and 17 assisted living units, was originally built in 1928 but was renovated in 2009. And despite having a stabilized occupancy at 90%, it was losing money. This was the only senior care asset of the owner, who decided to sell the facility when their operator tenant stopped paying rent and filed for bankruptcy. Enter Birchwood, which purchased the facility for $3.2 million, or $55,200 per bed/unit and brought in Providence Health Group to operate. The new owner also plans to implement Medicare at the facility to help stabilize and improve operations. Watson McCollister of Senturian Senior Housing Brokerage represented the seller in the transaction.


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